It can be challenging to run effective support groups for youth and young adults in recovery from substance use disorders. This training focuses on understanding the basic concepts of group work, best practices for structuring groups, and identifying ways to better manage different group roles and dynamics.
Through a strengths-based model, facilitators will learn the most effective ways to promote group cohesion and successful group work. Information specific to groups in DPH/BSAS (Bureau of Substance Addiction Services) treatment programs for youth and young adults will be discussed. Ways to manage group dynamics will be reviewed and practiced through role play.
This training is aimed towards anyone working with youth and young adults; prior knowledge of groups is not required.
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to
- To understand the basic concepts of group work.
- To identify the various tasks of the facilitator in group work.
- To identify ways to better manage different group roles and dynamics.
- To facilitate groups with a clear beginning, middle and end (using engaging icebreakers, closing activities, and evidence-based curriculum).
- To identify best practices for group prep work and follow up (documentation and debriefing).